Slide plugged Aufderheide Drive

Traffic near Terwilliger Hot Springs reduced to one lane

 

December 7, 2023 | View PDF

COUGAR DAM: A landslide closed Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) on Sunday near milepost 55.5 about ¾ of a mile south of Cougar Dam. Although the road has reopened, traffic is currently reduced to one lane. Repair work is expected to be ongoing and intermittent with the possibility of more rock falls, according to forest spokesmen.

Due to stormy weather, the current condition of many roads and trails is unknown. Roads may not be passable due to fallen trees, rocks, debris, water, snow, or other obstructions.

This same section of Aufderheide Drive has been subject to landslides over the years, including a large rockslide that closed the road for several months in 2017. Terwilliger Hot Springs remains open but could be difficult to access. The road is not maintained for snow and ice, and sections may not be passable in winter. Call the McKenzie River Ranger Station at (541) 822-3381 for conditions.

“Forest Road 19 has been reduced to one lane because of a landslide, with the possibility that more rocks could fall,” said District Ranger Darren Cross. “If folks choose to drive into the area, they should check conditions, have a full tank of gas with provisions such as food and water, and the ability to self-rescue as many areas have no cell service.”

Visitors are encouraged to “know before you go” by checking area weather and road conditions before heading into the forest. Heavy rains, landslides, debris flows, and flash floods can pose serious risks. Visitors should also be aware of increased risks in burned areas, such as falling trees, limbs, and falling rocks.

 

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